COVID-19; impact of distance learning, Department of Health to develop criteria and information. (HB5095)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) with support from co-patrons Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


COVID-19; impact of distance learning; Department of Health to develop criteria and information; civil immunity; emergency. Directs the Department of Health to work with the Department of Education and representatives of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other appropriate stakeholders to develop specific criteria for assessing the long-term impact of distance learning on students in the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the impact of distance learning on students' health, mental health, social and emotional development, and academic achievement, and provides that any school board that considers such criteria and information in determining whether to offer in-person education shall be immune from civil liability for any civil cause of action arising from any act or omission alleged to have resulted in the contraction of or exposure to COVID-19, absent gross negligence or willful misconduct. The bill requires school boards that opt to allow in-person education to provide distance learning options for students who choose not to return to school for in-person education during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


08/19/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the Education Committee


08/19/2020Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20200604D
08/19/2020Referred to Committee on Education
08/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5095)

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